Is BPA dangerous for my reproductive health?
The desire to have babies can affect a woman or a couple on many levels, such as physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, and even biological. However, many people need to start waking up to the fact that there are toxins and harmful chemicals flying all around us now more than ever, and people need to be educated about these things. This is not how God created His world, and many things have changed.
Several studies have found that bisphenol-A levels is linked to infertility and this even affects those undergoing fertility treatments. It makes the success rate of such fertility treatments drop because BPA mimics the estrogen hormone and acts as an endocrine disruptor. When all hormones are working optimally, the atmosphere for conception is created or enhanced. Bienkowski (2016) explains that studies show that just about everyone has traces of this chemical in their bodies, and this can be blamed on diet being responsible for it gaining entrance into the human body.
What is BPA? For those who don’t understand what this means, let me clarify. Bisphenol-A otherwise known as BPA is a synthetic organic compound used in the manufacture of epoxy resins and other polymers. In layman’s terms, it’s the chemical used to make most plastics, some cans, storage containers, baby bottles, water bottles etc. BPAs have been in use since the 1960s.
According to researchers from Harvard, BPA accounts for about 20 percent of unexplained infertility. Now, that’s a staggering number. BPAs may be responsible for frequent miscarriages. A study observed that women with frequent miscarriages had about three times as much BPA in their blood as women with successful pregnancies (Petre, 2018). Did you observe the sentence says ‘unexplained?’ There are many times you hear people tell you they’ve done all tests and all that, but the doctors say there’s nothing medically wrong and that conception will come. Apart from the spiritual aspects which we talk about every Monday, BPAs may be responsible. Their havoc goes unnoticed for a long time.
There are several products we use on a day to day basis that are made from this chemical. Below is a list of some of them. This is not an exhaustive list of common products that may contain BPA, however it will help a great deal:
- Some dental sealants.
- Baby bottles.
- Plastic plates and cups.
- Bottle tops.
- Feminine hygiene products.
- CDs and DVDs.
I hear someone asking, “So, what then do we use?
Stay away from packaged foods as much as you can. When a packaged food contains numbers “3” or “7” or the letters PC, then you may want to stay away. As much as it depends on you, eat fresh foods.
Get water bottles made of glass or stainless steel. Try to minimize drinking liquids from plastic bottles.Avoid heating up or freezing foods in plastic containers. Both extreme temperatures cause these plastics to deteriorate and break down, allowing BPA to leach into food as you either heat up the food or bring them out of the freezer to thaw.
If you do not need that receipt, then don’t collect it. Those seemingly harmless receipts contain high levels of BPA.
Watch what toys you buy for children, especially babies as they chew on almost anything.
Note that one exposure isn’t what causes harm, but prolonged exposure over time. Also, these chemicals can pass across to a fetus causing developmental/behavioral issues. It’s important to know that the effects do not end with you, they affect babies in utero as well.
I hope this blesses you and increases your knowledge base. Knowledge alone isn’t power but Knowledge + Action is Power.
Bienkowski, B. (2016) Undergoing Fertility Treatments? Watch Your Plastics. Scientific American. Available at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/undergoing-fertility-treatments-watch-your-plastics/
Bauer, A. B. (2016) Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition and Healthy Eating. What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA. Mayo Clinic. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331
Petre, A. (2018) What is BPA and Why Is It Bad for You? Health Line. 17 December. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-bpa#what-it-is
This article is meant to serve as a guide only and for information purpose.